Sadly this was our last day in Kyoto. We woke up and went downstairs to have breakfast at our ryokan. As you can see we each got many small dishes, and we were stuffed.
We took the crowded bus to Sanju-Sangendo Hall. What we didn’t know that today was Coming of Age Day which is a pretty big holiday in Japan, I assume. It was relatively packed which didn’t make viewing the 1001 statues of Kannon fun at all. Literally it was baby steps the entire way through the hall, and sadly no photography was allowed.
Our next stop was the Kiyomizu Temple. This was the temple I was most stoked to see in Kyoto because during my research prior to this trip, I had seen such beautiful photos of it. This temple was also very crowded, and there were many young ladies dressed in kimonos.
And of course when we were walking back to the bus stop, we picked up some snacks. The streets that lead up to the temple is pretty freaking amazing. I wish we had more time there to explore because there were just so much to see and buy!
Our next stop was Nijo Castle which is a castle that was built in 1603 and housed the first shogun of the Edo Period.
Our last stop as far as sights was the Kinkakuji Temple or the Golden Pavilion. I’ve read about this temple when I took Asian art history back in college so I had much anticipation to see this in person, finally! The top two floos are covered in gold leaf and it was the retirement villa of the shogun Ashikaga Yoshiimitsu.
Afterwards we dined at Izuju which prepares Kyoto style sushi; this establishment is about 100 years old and is located in Gion. Since it was very hard for people to transport fresh fish into Kyoto, they had to figure out a way to keep fish edible and “fresh” after it got into the city.
This is Hanami-koji Street at night where the restaurants, teahouses and geishas are. We never got to make it here in the daytime unfortunately so these are the only photos I got to take of the street.
While we were exploring Gion, we spotted a long line for a dessert spot called Gion Tsujiri. Since there was a wait, we figured this place must be good! The one thing about Japanese desserts is that I personally think they’re not as sweet as American desserts. We ended up getting some cookies on our way out too!